Superintendent's Memo #228-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 24, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity for Safe Routes to School Event

Prevention Connections, an educational and charitable organization committed to improving the health of individuals and communities, is offering a mini-grant funding opportunity to raise awareness and provide resources to assist schools in making small changes to impact the epidemic of childhood obesity. Approximately one in three children in Virginia are overweight or obese, and Prevention Connections is committed to the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity through education to improve the health of individuals and communities.

The Prevention Connection Safe Routes to School Program is accepting applications for up to 75 mini-grants of $2,000 each to support a walk and bike to school event. The application deadline is December 30, 2010, and the implementation period is October 1, 2010, through November 30, 2011. Schools may want to consider planning an event for International Walk to School Day on October 6, 2010, or October 5, 2011; Earth Day on April 22, 2011; or National Bike Week, May 16-20, 2011. Funding for these mini-grants has been made available through a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, and Title I elementary and middle schools are eligible to apply. The grant application is available at www.preventionconnections.org.

Schools seeking additional information may contact Ashley Johnson, safe routes to school program manager, by telephone at (804) 225-3004, or by e-mail at ajohnson@preventionconnections.org.

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